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    Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. -- Preston Blackwelder proudly showed off a painting of his grandmother that had hung next to the front door of his Port Wentworth home.

    She was the woman who led him to God, Blackwelder said Friday.
    And with that firm religious footing, Blackwelder said it would be preposterous to stop praying before meals at Port Wentworth's Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah because of a federal guideline.

    "She would say pray anyway," Blackwelder said of his grandmother. "She'd say don't listen."

    But Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.
    On Thursday, the usual open prayer before meals at the center was traded in for a moment of silence.

    The dilemma is being hashed out by the Port Wentworth city attorney, said Mayor Glenn "Pig" Jones.

    Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.

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    Isn't this going just a bit too far?


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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Isn't this going just a bit too far?


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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    I wonder if they would complain if the old people said a Muslim prayer?

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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Isn't this going just a bit too far?


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    If true yep it goes way to far.

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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Isn't this going just a bit too far?


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    Just for a bit of clarity, where's the part where they were told that they're not allowed to pray before meals?

    Can anyone show me where prayer was outlawed or where they'll be arrested for praying?

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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    Just for a bit of clarity, where's the part where they were told that they're not allowed to pray before meals?

    Can anyone show me where prayer was outlawed or where they'll be arrested for praying?

    Arrested? Is that what now has to be done in order to deem it too far? For years, a prayer was offered before the meal, now because the federal funding is threatened, they can't?

    I'd like to know the federal dumb arse that threatened their funding.


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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    On the one hand I think it goes little too far, but on the other I don't understand why they needs to be led in a prayer in the first place. If someone wants to pray before they eat they should just do it.
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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Arrested? Is that what now has to be done in order to deem it too far? For years, a prayer was offered before the meal, now because the federal funding is threatened, they can't?

    I'd like to know the federal dumb arse that threatened their funding.


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    They can still pray silently, or in their rooms verbally I am sure before any meal]

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    The real out rage should be that they are getting subsidized meals in the first place, where are their childern, why are they not either helping to pay for their parents lodging or at least providing them meals
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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    They can still pray silently, or in their rooms verbally I am sure before any meal

    Yes, they can, just make sure that no one is offended by an overt giving of thanks before a meal....What a load!

    Should people be ashamed of their religious belief LT?


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    Re: Ga. Seniors Told They Can't Pray Before Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Yes, they can, just make sure that no one is offended by an overt giving of thanks before a meal....What a load!

    Should people be ashamed of their religious belief LT?


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    Nope people should not be ashamed of their religous belief.


    But they are not being forced not to pray, they are being told to do it silently or privately
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